Catholic Review of: Ben-Hur
Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
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By Karen (NJ) - See all my reviews
Exciting Animated Video for Kids
The girls and I have enjoyed watching CCC of America's Ben-Hur: A Race to Glory over the past several weeks. The movie has elements of excitement, faith and best of all, educational value. At just 30 minutes long, this movie manages to get across the same powerful message as the well known epic motion picture Ben-Hur starring Charlton Heston.
I was amazed at how well this animated film mirrored Ben-Hur. From the tile falling off the roof, to Ben-Hur encountering Christ on multiple occasions this film presents that same amazing story line on a level that children will take to heart. And best of all, it's a short film so your children won't lose interest half-way through the story.
Observant children will recognize Jesus when he gives the thirsty Ben-Hur a drink of water, and again when he speaks to the crowd. My nine year old pointed out that one of the scenes must have been Palm Sunday because Jesus is seen riding into the city on a donkey colt. I was impressed that she picked up on that detail.
The exciting chariot races that many associate with the movie Ben-Hur are also in the animated version. My five year old was on the edge of her seat the first few times she watched this film waiting to see how it would turn out. She even picked up on the roman numerals being used during the race. So this film also provided us with a learning opportunity.
This film has the ability to appeal to both boys and girls. My five and nine year old daughters enjoyed watching this film and so did I. I suspect most children between three to ten would be happy to sit and watching this exciting DVD.